What to Know Before Calling a Therapist
Updated: Nov 19
Am I Ready for Professional Help?
Before you decide if therapy is the right approach for you, you should read this short article.
It's important to acknowledge that seeking support is a proactive step towards managing depression, anxiety or simply daily symptoms causing physical, emotional, or social discomfort in your life. It's essential to consider what is required from you to succeed in treatment.
From all the factors that contribute to your reasons from seeking services and all the complex elements involved in a successful treatment, you are the most indispensable and important powerful force to create the change you hope to see.
This means you will be required to explore in depth your own thoughts, behavioral patterns, believes, family, cultural and social values that you live by. This process requires a brave, honest, and fearless desired to understand yourself and uncover the unlimited power within you. A companionate, competent, professional, and skillful therapist can significantly help you succeed in this process.
Many clients come to therapy describing their problem as if the root cause of their symptoms come from family issues, economic hardship, unexpected events in life, early childhood trauma, and the list is endless. There is no doubt that all these issues are significant factor that contribute to potential emotional and mental health issues; however, none of these have more power than you to change the course of your destiny.
Just to mention a few examples:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a therapeutic approach that focuses on recognizing and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. It can be beneficial in managing depression or anxiety symptoms by challenging negative thinking and promoting positive behavior change.
You as the client, are the only one who can learn how to do this through the guidance of your therapist, your discipline and consistency required to master these invaluable skills.
Focusing on your own thought process and understanding how your mind works will allow you to have access and manage your best resource (Your Brain). Your brain is the most valuable resource that exist within you. It can help you create long lasting change in your life. The power of creative thinking can originate in your mind and helps you solving the most complex and clenching problems you can imaging.
From a healthy and relaxed mind born the best strategies to overcome any challenges.
Expecting or pretending circumstances to change or other people to change is not a realistic approach to achieve long lasting positive progress. Accepting responsibility for your own feelings and emotions is not blaming yourself for your problems, but rather is empowering yourself to become a powerful agent of change.
The following approach are commonly used and recommended though counseling services. Notice that all the followings are limited to your own and exclusive personal engagement and no one else can do it for you.
Mindfulness and Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them.
Physical Activity: Regular physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on mood and overall wellbeing. Even small amounts of exercise can make a difference.
Social Support: Building a strong support network and maintaining meaningful social connections can be invaluable in managing your emotional health. This can include reaching out to friends, family, or joining support groups.
Seeking professional support from a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist can provide valuable guidance and support tailored to your individual needs. Therapy, medication, or a combination of both may be recommended.
It's important to recognize that everyone's experience with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It may take time to find the right combination of strategies that work best for you. If you ever feel overwhelmed or in crisis, please reach out to a mental health professional or a trusted individual for immediate support.
Remember, you're not alone, and it's okay to seek help. If you'd like more personalized guidance or information on accessing mental health resources, please feel free to call our office.